Tag Archives: institutional life

Lipstick on the pig

Can the rape culture of a patriarchal institution—the military, the police, the prisons, fraternities et al—be changed? Well, no. And certainly not by another institution! It can be driven deeper underground and made more toxic, is all.

Man as conformist

Institutional violence kills vastly more people than criminals do. War is conceived and executed by the sane and sober, by institutions whose chief feature is conformity.

Is there anything more dispiriting than sameness?

The fewness of facts

A fact is only a fact if there is not a single element of fear or aggression attached to it.

Fear is the first distortion but aggression comes a heel-nipping second.

The larger the institution, the less factual it is.

Facts are few. There is nothing mundane about a fact. Facts liberate.

HR departments do not serve the employee; they serve the employer. This is not something to be upset about. It’s a fact.